Spark Ignite - innovative solutions to healthcare challenges

Spark Ignite helps staff develop solutions to challenges faced by healthcare providers and patients. The competition is open to all disciplines and departments.

Successful applicants will:

  • attend a bespoke healthcare-focused innovation workshop to hone their idea
  • pitch for funding
  • take part in the national final for regional finalists held at the annual Spark Summit

Regional and national opportunities

This year’s Spark Ignite is a national event divided into 3 regional areas, with an opportunity to pitch for funding at the Galway, Cork or Dublin regional final. A national final takes place afterwards between the regional winners.


Competition winners will be given funding to further develop their ideas and will receive ongoing support and mentorship.

Regional final x 3

2 winner awards of €3,000

3 runner-up awards of €2,000

National final

Winner award of €3,000

Runner-up award of €2,000


Applications are now closed.


Related document

Spark Ignite brochure (PDF, 598KB, 2 pages)


Dr. Rachel McNamara, National Innovation Fellow

"Spark Ignite is an amazing opportunity for energetic, innovative frontline workers to come forth and be recognised for their ingenuity and resourcefulness. The workshops, mentorship, networking opportunities and follow-up through Ignite, empower the applicant to turn their ideas into meaningful and sustainable change that will positively impact on the lives of their patients. I am excited to see what inspiring projects come through the door this year!"

National Fellows for innovation and change

Spark Ignite is run in association with the Health Service Executive (HSE), the Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director (ONMSD), the National Health and Social Care Professions Office (HSCP), and National Doctor Training and Planning (NDTP).